Woody Allen evidently chose the signature typeface for all his films on a simple whim. This is a story all about that.
I’m currently taking a typeface design course with Ed Benguiat, and just last night he described a time when he would have breakfast at the same New Jersey diner every morning. Among the other that would dine there was Woody Allen. On one occasion, referring to Benguiat as a “printer,” Allen asked him what a good typeface was. Benguiat had an affinity for Windsor and suggested it to him that morning. He’s used it in every film since.
Nice job, Ed! We’re all glad you didn’t have an affinity for Ad Lib. (Not that you would.) I love type neepery. How can it be that I have no typography tag? Now I do.